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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 34

In secret inwardly to feel
How all that I've preserved of old
Is quickened by new-risen sense of self:
This shall, awakening, pour forth cosmic forces
Into the outer actions of my life
And growing, mould me into true existence.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 8

The senses' might grows strong
United with the gods' creative work;
It presses down my power of thinking
Into a dreamlike dullness.
When godly being
Desires union with my soul,
Must human thinking
In quiet dream-life rest content.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Background to the Gospel of St. Mark
GA 124

These lectures constitute an important chapter in Steiner's commentary on Christianity. They stress the relationship of the Gospel of Mark to the “language of the macrocosm” and cover such topics as the two main streams of post-Atlantean civilization, the tasks of our epoch, the laws of rhythm in the domain of soul and spirit, and much more.

Thirteen lectures from the series entitled: Excursus in the Area of the Gospel of St. Mark. Published in German as: Exkurse in das Gebiet des Markus-Evangelium. The ten Berlin lectures were published earlier as: Excurses on the Gospel According to St. Mark. Translated by E. H. Goddard and D. S. Osmond. Cover design by Christiana Beaven.

I. On the Investigation and Communication of Spiritual Truths October 17, 1910
II. Higher Knowledge and Man's Life of Soul October 24, 1910
III. The Tasks of the Fifth Post-Atlantean Epoch November 24, 1910
IV. The Symbolic Language of the Macrocosm in the Gospel of St. Mark December 6, 1910
V. The Two Main Streams of Post-Atlantean Civilisation December 19, 1910
VI. The Son of God and the Son of Man. The Sacrifice of Orpheus January 16, 1911
VII. The Higher Members of Man's Constitution February 28, 1911
VIII. Laws of Rhythm in the Domain of Soul-and-Spirit. March 7, 1911
IX. The Moon-Religion of Jahve and its Reflection in Arabism March 13, 1911
X. Rosicrucian WIsdom in Folk-Mythology June 10, 1911
XI. Kyrios, The Lord of the Soul December 12, 1911
XII. Mystery Teachings in St. Mark's Gospel December 18, 1911
XIII. The Voice of the Angelos and the Speech of the Exousiai February 2, 1911

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